Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi slammed his ouster as vice chairman of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), adding that party president and Senator Manny Pacquiao is “misguided.”
“Senator Pacquiao demeans himself by resorting to underhanded tactics. Whoever advises him clearly doesn’t care about him and his reputation. I pity Senator Pacquiao, he is clearly misguided,” Cusi said.
He added that the scheduled PDP-Laban meeting on July 16 and 17 will push through.
“The PDP-Laban activities on July 16 and 17 will push through as scheduled by our party chairman. See you then,” Cusi said.
Cusi, PDP-Laban Deputy Secretary General Melvin Matibag and membership committee head Astra Naik were expelled for allegedly violating the party’s charter for “showing allegiance to a political party apart from PDP-Laban.”
“The expulsion of Cusi, Matibag and Naik was explained in one of the three-party resolutions that were issued by Party President Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao and the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee (NEC), which constitutes the highest administrative and executive body of the party,” PDP-Laban Executive Director Ron Munsayac said.
The NEC also authorized Pacquiao to initiate probes to look into the complaints about party members who allegedly violate the party’s constitution and commit acts “inimical to the party by showing allegiance to another party,” Munsayac added.
Cusi and the two others were expelled because of their pushing party chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte, and her daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to run as a tandem in 2022, citing that Sara was not a PDP-Laban member.
“Vice Chairman Cusi is already manipulating the party to support the Duterte-Duterte tandem which is a blatant admission of supporting Sara Duterte Carpio for President, who is not a member of the Party,” the resolution stated.